Our goal : organizing the exchange of information on thermal spraying at the European level.
ETSA is managed by the Board of Delegates, composed of twelve members elected in a secret vote by the College of Members during the assembly general for four years. They can be re-elected. Members by right: the national representatives of the European countries (one representative per country being active in thermal spraying) are proposed by the national members of the association and accepted by the elected members of the Board of Delegates for four years.
Board of Delegates represents key European universities, research centers and companies involved in thermal spraying, performing research and producing feedstock, equipments and coatings on European and international level. The institutions represented by the delegates gather together hundreds of scientists and engineers dedicated to R&D activities dedicated to base research, applied research, equipment and application development , problem solving in the field of thermal spraying, materials science and engineering...
Double diplomas between two European universities
Thermal spray technology is taught in many universities in Western and Eastern Europe starting from the master level. The universities and their laboratories frequently get specialized: some laboratories prefer to focus on thermal spray diagnostics, some others on coatings characterization or, on post-spray laser treatment of coatings.
The best way to educate a specialist in thermal spray technology leads through a PhD which is made in three or four years. However, also a double master diploma between two European universities is more and more frequent and possible to obtain.
In a today’s discussion with a student from Italy making her master internship in my research group I could have heard about the advantages of making a part of a study abroad: the international experience and improving the language knowledge come immediately in mind. Then, a personal management of living and studying in foreign country is an important step in a “real life”. Finally, and in particular, the double diploma may increase the chances to find a job in a foreign European country.
This is particularly important for the students in the countries with economy which does not create a lot of jobs for the young people coming out from a university and starting to search one.
A possible solution is a common diploma given by two universities in different European countries. A student is enrolled in two universities and spends a part of academic year in one university and another part in the second one. The agreements concerning common diplomas exist in the Master and Doctorate level in many European universities.
I have had personally a very good collaboration, since many years with Wrocław University of Technology (WUT) and with University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy and appreciate a lot the students coming from Poland and Italy to work with me on thermal spraying. A recent PhD defence of a polish PhD student Aleksandra Malachowska was an example of such collaboration. Aleksandra gets a polish PhD degree given by WUT and a french one, which is given by the University of Limoges.
Limoges, the 31 March 2016
The president of ETSA
Why become member ?
The website of the European Thermal Spray Association provides the useful information to all colleagues interested in thermal spraying in the large societies, job shops, or university laboratories. The ETSA members have access to the additional services such as job proposition, information about services related to thermal spraying in different European countries, forum of users which enbles research of missing information related to thermal spraying and much more.
The ETSA membership enables also a reduction in the fees of the events organized by the association.